NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – New Providence High School Athletic Director Rocco Constantino has stepped down to pursue a collegiate athletic director position

Constantino submitted a letter of resignation on Wednesday after accepting the Director of Athletics position at Santa Barbara City College, in Santa Barbara, California.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my time here at New Providence and am grateful that administration took a chance on me as a first-year athletic director last year, but this was an opportunity that was just too good to pass up,” Constantino said. “Santa Barbara City College has been recognized as the top junior college in the country and I am excited to work at such a prestigious school. I hope I can offer their student-athletes and coaches great support and take an active role in getting involved in the Santa Barbara Community.

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During his two years at the helm of Pioneer athletics, Constantino spearheaded the hiring of several varsity head coaches, including: football, girls volleyball and girls tennis. The Pioneers won eight sectional titles during his tenure and sent over 30 students to NCAA programs.

“That's something that most schools don't even experience in a generation and we did that in just two years,” Constantino said. “It's a testament to our coaches, the student-athletes and the support they get here from the community, teachers and administration.  I'm very proud to have worked with the coaches and students-athletes here, they have accomplished so much in the classroom and in athletics and they should be proud as well."

Constantino is no stranger to the college world. Before he came to New Providence in July 2015, Constantino spent more than a decade as head softball coach and assistant athletics director at Bloomfield College.

A search for Constantino’s replacement started on Friday. The position is a 10.5 month yearly contract, effective August 1, according to the New Providence School District’s website.